Articles for March 2016

HE DIED, HE ROSE AGAIN, HE ASCENDED ON HIGH

HE DIEDFROM RESURRECTION TO ASCENSION 


The count down to ascension day has begun.   Can you imagine the mixed feelings that checked heavily on the disciples. Although ever so often, even in very plain language, the Lord had informed them of the impending advent of His death in the hands of sinners, the resurrection and the glories that would follow,  nothing seems to have been adequate to prepare the disciples for what they’d just gone through. To see the one they’d held in high esteem dragged by the vilest of beings to an ultra shameful demise  – stigmatized to the core. It had shaken them to their very foundations.


The news that he had risen were met with skepticism. Even the checking on the tomb was somewhat a low key event.


 Luke 24:10-12
It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things ( the news about His resurrection ) to the apostles. AND THIER WORDS SEEMED LIKE IDLE TALES,  AND THEY DID NOT BELIEVE THEM.  But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.


How could this be?  What could have caused the closest people to Jesus on earth to stoop so low as to doubt even the obvious facts that lay before them.   He was not in the tomb and he had been seen alive by the women who, by the way, had no reason to lie about it.


Resurrection life and power are real and ready to benefit everyone who will take advantage of them through faith. We will do well to look into these things and intentionally untangle ourselves from the invisible yet very binding ropes of unbelief and its offspring.


SEVEN RESOLVES satan and all hell CANNOT WITHSTAND

7 RESOLVESRESOLVE:

DEF: Decide firmly on a course of action;  Firm determination to do something.

1.  A RESOLVE TO SEEK THE LORD.

2 Chronicles 20:2-4
Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar” (that is, En Gedi). Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.

THE PEOPLE OF JUDAH WERE SO DETERMINED THEY CAME WITH THEIR CHILDREN.

2 Chronicles 20:13
All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord.

DECLARE:  I RESOLVE TO SEEK THE LORD WITH ALL MY HEART.

2.  A RESOLVE TO WORSHIP WITH OUR CHILDREN.

Exodus 10:8-9
Then Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. “Go, worship the Lord your God,” he said. “But tell me who will be going.” Moses answered, “We will go with our young and our old, with our sons and our daughters, and with our flocks and herds, because we are to celebrate a festival to the Lord.”

DON’T LEAVE YOUR CHILDREN OUT OF THE EQUATION.

DECLARE:   AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD.

3.  A RESOLVE TO LIVE A SANCTIFIED LIFE.

Daniel 1:8-9
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel,

THERE WILL BE FAVOR FROM THE LORD FOR THOSE WHO STAND RESOLUTE,  DETERMINED IN THEIR HEARTS TO HONOR THE LORD BY LIVING RIGHT!

DECLARE:  MY LIFE WILL BE HOLY, ACCEPTABLE AND PLEASING IN GOD’S SIGHT.

4.   A RESOLVE TO FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT.

Nehemiah 4:7-9
But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.

ARABS, AMMONITES AND ASHDOD

ASHDOD means RAVAGER, DESTROYER!!!!

. . . . GENETICALLY CODED TO BE DESTRUCTIVE . . . .

4.1.  IN LIFE UNFORTUNATELY THERE WILL BE UNREASONABLE PEOPLE.

2 Chronicles 20:10-11
“But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance.

FIGHT!   WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE,   VICTORY IS INEVITABLE.

2 Chronicles 20:22-23
As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.

ALL satanic INVASIONS ON YOUR HEALTH.  YOUR GOD GIVEN RELATIONSHIPS, YOUR PEACE OF MIND, YOUR DESTINY RESOURCES, ARE BEING TURNED BACK IN JESUS’ NAME!

ALL ENEMY’S CLAIMS OVER YOUR WELL-BEING ARE SILENCED!
his ARGUMENTS AGAINST  YOUR PROGRESS, NULLIFIED!

John 14:30
I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me,

ALL ENEMY “HANDLES” ON YOU, TO DELAY, PREVENT OR UNDERMINE YOUR RIGHTFUL INHERITANCE ARE SHUTTERED AND SCATTERED IN JESUS NAME!

BREAKTHROUGH BEACONS, HELP CANNOT BE WITHHELD FROM YOU IN JESUS’ NAME!

4.2.   DON’T GIVE UP ON THOSE AROUND YOU

FAMILY, FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES.

Nehemiah 4:13-15
Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at THE EXPOSED PLACES, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and FIGHT FOR YOUR FAMILIES,  your SONS and your DAUGHTERS your WIVES and your HOMES.” When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.

WHAT ARE THE “EXPOSED PLACES” YOUR LIFE?

Wrong associations, ungodly business dealings, Inconsistent living, anger driven actions, bitterness
Evil speaking – vulgar, coarse / crude  jokes

DETERMINE TO CLOSE THE EXPOSED PLACES AND FIGHT FOR THE PRECIOUS ONES AROUND YOU!

DECLARE:  I WILL FIGHT TO DEFEND TRUTH AND WHATEVER THE LORD

5.  A RESOLVE TO PURSUE DIVINE DESTINY

5.1.  YOUR FINAL OUTCOME SHALL BE VICTORIOUS.

Jeremiah 29:11. AMP
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your FINAL OUTCOME.

NO MATTER WHAT YOU SEE RIGHT NOW OR WHAT YOUR EXPERIENCES HAVE BEEN THUS FAR. YOUR FINAL OUTCOME IS POISED TO BE VICTORIOUS.

5.2.    LOCK UP YOUR THOUGHTS IN GOD – THERE’S DOUBLE FOR YOUR TROUBLE.

Zechariah 9:12.  AMP
Return to the stronghold [of security and prosperity], you prisoners of hope; even today do I declare that I will restore double your former prosperity to you.

Zechariah 9:12.  MSG
Come home, hope-filled prisoners! This very day I’m declaring a double bonus— everything you lost returned twice-over!

Isaiah 40:1-2. NIV
Comfort for God’s People Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

HARD LABOR IS OVER!   THERE’S DOUBLE FOR YOUR TROUBLE!

5.3.   DON’T LET THE ENEMY TRICK YOU INTO SLUMBER CONCERNING THE GOOD PLAN OF GOD FOR YOUR LIFE

Psalms 106:13. NIV
But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.

Psalms 106:13.  AMP
But they hastily forgot His works; they did not [earnestly] wait for His plans [to develop] regarding them,

GOD IS DETERMINED TO DO YOU GOOD.

5.4.  DETERMINE TO PERSUADE YOUR RELATIVES TO COME ALONG IN THE GOOD PLANS OF GOD – MOSES DID!

Numbers 10:29-32
Now Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place about which the Lord said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us and we will treat you well, for THE LORD HAS PROMISED GOOD THINGS to Israel.” He answered, “No, I will not go; I am going back to my own land and my own people.” But Moses said, “Please do not leave us. You know where we should camp in the wilderness, and you can be our eyes. If you come with us, WE WILL SHARE with you WHATEVER GOOD THINGS the LORD gives us.”

ENCOURAGE THEM, PLEAD WITH THEM, BEG THEM IF YOU MUST!

JUST DON’T LET THEM REMAIN OUTSIDE OF THE THE GOOD PLANS AND PROMISES OF OUR GOD!

NB.    Often it is hard for human nature to follow what is not seen yet – Moses father-in-law knew “Moss” pretty well.    Moses had been his employee for a good forty years.    Moses could hardly manage his schedule and priorities concerning self, family or  people management!   He worked from sunrise to sunset doing what should have been delegated to others in the first place.  He was at a danger of neglecting the very relationship with GOD that had brought him and the people thus far out of Egypt.

Jethro had been the one who rescued this “young and inexperienced” leader by giving him firm advice on how to manage and prioritize.   How could he now expect himself to follow Moss to ” who-knows-where?”

Often the people GOD expects us to “win” into HIS WAY know us so well, some, we grew up before them, our developmental stages with all their faults were before them – at first they may be tempted to say No! like Jethro did but thank GOD Moses persisted!

Be Persistent, they’ll “hear you” soon!

6.   A RESOLVE TO LIFT JESUS HIGH.

1 Corinthians 2:2-5
For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and Him crucified. And I was in (passed into a state of) weakness and fear (dread) and great trembling [after I had come] among you. And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power [a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions and thus persuading them], So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God.

WHEN CHRIST IS CENTRAL AND SUPREME IN OUR PREACHING – MIRACLES WILL NOT BE SCARCE!

Acts 10:42-44
He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.

7.   A RESOLVE TO LIVE IN PEACE WITH GOD

Job 22:21, 27-28
“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.. . . .

You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows. What YOU DECIDE on will be done, and light will shine on your ways.

Proverbs 16:7
When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Amen!

SEVEN BLESSINGS TO CELEBRATE

7BLESSINGS
1.   MAY THE LORD HELP YOU ON YOUR WAY TO GREATNESS.

2 Samuel 22:36
You make your saving help my shield; your help has made me great.

2.   MAY THE LORD HELP YOU IN BATTLE STRATEGY AGAINST ALL FOES.

2 Chronicles 26:15
In Jerusalem he made devices invented for use on the towers and on the corner defenses so that soldiers could shoot arrows and hurl large stones from the walls. His fame spread far and wide, for he was greatly helped until he became powerful.

3.   MAY THE LORD’S HELP BE A SURE SIGN TO YOUR ENEMIES THAT GOD IS ON YOUR SIDE.

Psalms 86:17
Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Philippians 1:28
without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.

4.    MAY THE LORD’S HELP RAISE A SONG OF THANKSGIVING FROM DEEP WITHIN.

Luke 1:54
He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful.

5.    MAY THE LORD’S HELP DELIVER YOUR LIFE AND MINISTRY FROM EVERY EVIL PLOT.

Acts 26:21-22
That is why some Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen—

6.
6a      MAY YOU GROW SO HELPFUL THAT IN ALL SPHERES YOU WOULD BECOME THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER.

Philemon 1:12-14
I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you. I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary.

Isaiah 62:12
They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After,

6b.  YOUR HELPFUL ATTITUDE SHALL POSITION YOU FOR MORE HELP.

Hebrews 6:10
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

7.  MAY YOUR CRY FOR HELP USHER TIMELY AND DRAMATIC INTERVENTIONS FORM ABOVE.

Psalms 18:6-7
In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.

Hebrews 4:16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

2 DAYS TO GO

HEADERTHE CROWDS AROUND JESUS

JESUS WORK IN PEOPLE

 

It is interesting to note the different crowds that gathered around JESUS from the beginning of his public life till his resurrection.  Before the miracles are seen and reported, JESUS to the people of his day was just another regular Jewish Rabbi. It is fascinating to see the changing nature of the crowds as the savior progresses with His work

 

JOHN AND THE CHANGING CROWDS

 

1.  CROWDS OF THE INITIAL MIRACLES

 

John 6:2
and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick.

 

Sings and wonders are part of the Gospel.   The exhilarating experience  of seeing nature bow to the commands of our GOD.   Lives being transformed before one’s very eyes.   The blind receiving their sight, the lame bones, muscles and ligaments straightened and leaping with joy.   It must have been mind boggling for the locals to see people they’d written off as sickly and even dying suddenly get a new lease of life. The energy, the excitement, it must was contagious.

 

The miracles were a statement of love and a foretaste of great things to come. They prepared the crowds to hear and receive the Words of Life.    Faith also responds to such stimuli.    As long as this crowd would listen attentively, now that their attention had been caught by the acts of matchless Mercy,   The future now held great promise.   A different Rabbi had come.  A new day had dawned.

 

1.1.   THE BREAD CROWDS

 

John 6:5
When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”

 

1.2.   THE VIVA CROWDS – THE GRANT CROWDS

 

John 6:14-15
After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

 

The old English describes the word ‘king’ simply as one who ‘can’. Kings were expected to have ability to achieve many things. To lead their troops to victory in the time of war.    To lead their subjects into seasons of prosperity.    They were expected to possess the wisdom to decide over difficult cases brought to their attention by their people.   They were like super humans it their people.

 

Israel was on the look out for such a leader.  One who can!   One who could drive out the Roman Empire and restore the fortunes of Israel.   They were heavily taxed and their dignity under the foreign rule was trampled upon  mercilessly.    Their hopes were rising,   This Rabbi was not only healing the sick but even bread was made galore, surely  the economy of Israel was could once again see a revival of the Solomon proportions where supplies and money were as common as stones.

 

2 Chronicles 1:15
The king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills.

 

Looking at the miracle of bread multiplied,  surely one could be excused for fantasizing about a future of abundance under the rulership of this Rabbi once turned king.   Why delay.  After the miracle of the bread they wanted him as their Commander in chief.    How convenient.

 

THEY FOLLOWED BECAUSE OF THEIR STOMACHS

 

John 6:25-27
When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

 

What a rebuke for all the free lunch hopefuls!    They were instructed on the power of priorities.   To place in first place spiritual wellbeing over belly comforts and appetites.
Some got it others failed the test

 

2.    THE DIVIDED CROWD
John 7:12
Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.” Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.”

 

2.1.    THE SKEPTICAL CROWD – GREAT DOCTRINE BUT FROM WHO-KNOWS-WHERE

 

John 7:15
The Jews there were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having been taught?”
Look at the assumptions!   Was He not taught? They could hardly accept He had come from the Father but already they were making conclusions as to his knowledge base.

 

2.2.   THE SWEARING CROWD – THEY TALK BACK AT THEIR KING

 

John 7:19-21
Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?” “You are demon-possessed,” the crowd answered. “Who is trying to kill you?” Jesus said to them, “I did one miracle, and you are all amazed.

 

2.3.    THE POLITICALLY CORRECT CROWDS – THEY PLAY TO THE SWAY OF THE ANTI- JESUS AUTHORITIES

 

John 7:25-27
At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Messiah? But we know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.”

 

NB.    THEY WERE KEEPING AWAY FROM PUBLIC AFFIRMATION OF THEIR FAITH IN JESUS,   NOT BECAUSE THERE WAS ANY LACK IN THE TEACHINGS AND MIRACLES – THEY JUST PREFERRED TO BE ACCEPTABLE IN THE EYES OF THE ACCEPTABLE MAJORITY!

 

2.4.    THE PROGRESS IN THE DIVISION

 

John 7:31
Still, many in the crowd believed in him. They said, “When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs than this man?”

 

John 7:40-43
On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.” Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee? Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” Thus the people were divided because of Jesus.
 

 

SEE AND APPRECIATE PROGRESS EVEN IN THE MIDST OF CHALLENGES.

 

EVEN THE TEMPLE GUARDS BELIEVED

 

John 7:45-47
Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?” “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied. “You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted.

 

AUTHORITIES RESORTED TO MANIPULATION – A CURSE. . .

 

WHAT COULD A RELIGIOUS JEW FEAR MORE!

 

2.5.   THE DEEPLY SELF DECEIVED CROWD

 

John 8:31-33
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

 

IN FACT THE REST OF THE CHAPTER REVOLVES  AROUND JESUS SHOWING THEM THEIR TRUE COLORS. . . .

 

John 8:44
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
 

 

2.6.   THE MOCKING CROWD

 

John 11:34-37
“Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

 

3.   THE RESURRECTION CROWD – THE ULTIMATE BARRIER

 

3.1.  THE CROWD THAT BENEFIT FROM HIS VOICE
 
John 11:42
I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

 

John 11:45
Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

 

3.2.  THE CROWD THAT WAS INTRIGUED BY THE LAZARUS PHENOMENON

 

John 12:9-11
Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.

 

3.3.   THE BREAKTHROUGH CROWD – THEY WENT PUBLIC WITH THEIR PRAISE

 

John 12:12-15
The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”

 

3.4.   THE WITNESSING CROWD
 
John 12:17
Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word.

 

John 12:28-30
Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him. Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine.

 

3 DAY TO GO

HEADERJESUS WHO CARRIED OUR BROKENNESS 

Jeremiah 8:21
Since my people are crushed, I am crushed;
I mourn, and horror grips me.

Isaiah 53:4-5
Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

True love has the ability to bear the pain of its beneficiaries.   It continually seeks out ways to lessen and or  eradicate the pain and effects of negativity.

The single most poignant event in our history is one where the whole human race was hurled into an abysmal future of sickness, war, poverty and the utter despair they bring even on the seemingly safe and progressive. The demented human minds that continue on a moral decay of dystopian  promotions. Children being abused, others snuffed out of life even before they get to see the light of day all in the name of choice.

All of this started the day Adam yielded to the bait of satan. Just one bite and all went wrong.  But thanks be to GOD for His matchless love,  unfailing and a wonder that shall be our eternal song.  The wonder of it all,  that we would be recipients of the Grace, the very opposite of what fate in Adam had decided. For in Adam we all died.

Romans 5:18
Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.

PRAYER FOCUS:

1.                Give thanks for this wonder of love, that GOD could hurt, taking upon himself our pain to exchange it for peace.

2.                Pray that no spiritual slumber would ever dupe you out of that truth and the Joy it brings

3.                Pray that your heart would be proved  to be genuinely grateful by the choices you make each day.

9 DAYS TO GO

HEADER

FAST FACTS ABOUT SIN

1.    IT IS A COMPLETE PERSONALITY WITH OWN WILL.

Genesis 4:7
“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, SIN IS CROUCHING AT YOUR DOOR: it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

1.1.      So we know sin is a sneaker
1.2.      It is craving to overcome and control
1.3.      It can be resisted and over come

2.     IT HAS AN APPETITE FOR PEOPLE.

2.2.    It desire’s to have you.

Hebrews 3:12
“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.”

3.     IT HAS AN ENCODED GPS TO NAB ITS USERS.

Numbers 32:23
“But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord; and you MAY BE SURE OF THAT YOUR SIN WILL FIND YOU OUT.”

3.    ALL SIS IS SIN – IT IS INTERCONNECTED.

James 2:10
“For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.”

4.    IT KEEPS TRACK OF  ITS VICTIMS AT VARYING SPEEDS.

1 Timothy 5:24
“The sins of ARE OBVIOUS  REACHING THE PLACE OF JUDGEMENT AHEAD OF THEM;  the sins of OTHERS TRAIL BEHIND them.”

Be careful nothing of some distant past is following you only to an harass and intimidate embarrass at a point of no return

5.    IT ATTRACTS THE GRACE OF GOD.

Romans 5:20
“Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, GRACE ABOUNDED MUCH MORE abounded much more,”

Psalms 136:23
“He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.”

GOD is not intimidated by sin or its increase – provision of endless Mercy had been provided to deal with the challenges of our day
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6.   WE FELL INTO IT AS A HUMAN RACE BUT WE COME OUT AS INDIVIDUALS.

Romans 5:12-15
“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way DEATH CAME TO ALL PEOPLE 
To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. Nevertheless, DEATH REIGNED from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, EVEN ON THOSE WHO DID NOT SIN BY  as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to  
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!”

7.     TO BE FREE ONE HAS TO ACKNOWLEDGE, CONFESS AND  RENOUNCE.

Proverbs 28:13
“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

8.    THOUGH ALL ENCOMPASSING AND IT HAS AN ANTIDOTE.

Psalms 119:11
“Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”

Psalms 119:9
“How shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed and keeping watch [on himself] according to Your word [conforming his life to it].”

9.      SIN HAS LEGAL STATUS – IT OPERATES UNDER A LEGAL CODE.

Romans 5:20
“Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,”

9.1.    JESUS NAILED THE CODE.

Romans 7:6
“But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.”

9.2.    HE BLOT OUT THE WRITING AGAINST US.

Colossians 2:13-14
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, HAVING CANCELLED THE CHARGE OF LEGA INDEBTEDNESS ; which stood against us and condemned us; HE HAS TAKEN IT AWAY he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.”

10.    THERE’S A HIGHER LAW TO REGULATE THE CLAIMS OF THE LAW OF SIN. 

Romans 8:1-2
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT WHO GIVES LIFE  has SET YOU FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEARTH.”
11.    SIN HAS A TWIN – DEATH.

Romans 5:12
“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—”

12.   SIN CAUSES MOOD SWINGS AND DEPRESSION.

Psalms 32:2-4
“Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.
When I kept silent,
my BONES WASTED AWAY wasted away
through my GROANING all day long.
For dDAY AND NIGHT 
your HAND WAS was HEAVY Ome;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.”

25 DAYS TO GO

HEADERJESUS CARES IN TIMES OF LONELINESS

1. LONELINESS IS A DANGER

Genesis 34:1-2
“Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her.”

2. LONELINESS IS NO SIGN OF BEING EVIL OR SINFUL

The girl was just reaching out. All her siblings were males, the twelve sons of Jacob. We are all born with a need to relate to others like us. Boys enjoy each other’s company, so do girls. May GOD help our children at school and in the communities where we live, that they may not be ensnared by a simple natural desire – to relate to those of their gender and age. Dinah wasn’t going out to lure men. She wasn’t out on mischief,
All her siblings were out in the field. This was just a simple desire to relate with other girls, and tragedy struck. Many sermons have been crafted to warn the girl child from going out with unregenerate companies, and rightfully so. But what does a child do in a far away place like a higher institution of learning. In trying to find herself acquaintances – disaster may be looming. The LORD save our children!

3. LONELINESS DOES HAVE BIBLICAL SEDATIVES

3.1. CHOOSE WISELY IN FRIENDSHIPS

Proverbs 13:20
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”

3.2. WALK CAUTIOUSLY AS YOU BUILD TIES WITH NEW ACQUAINTANCES

1 Corinthians 15:33-34a
“Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Come back to your senses as you ought.”

3.3. AVOID PEOPLE WHO ARE ALWAYS ANGRY AT AUTHORITIES / MANAGEMENT

Proverbs 22:24
“Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go,”

As long as we live there will be anomalies that must be confronted and corrected in any institution or organization because people are born sinners and we are all basically on a recovery journey since the Fall. Engaging with the view to facilitate change for the better is a noble pursuit – but there are gangrenous individuals in every establishment who have issues with authority and are angry from whence they came. Avoid them dear!

Although the world is evil; Jesus cares. Even though parents may be far removed from their children. Jesus is always near. Although some may have already been ensnared, Jesus has the power to save. His redeeming love reaches out even now, His matchless Grace is stronger than the rushing torrents of evil and is Mighty to save! Parents pray for your children. Children, be wise, yield not to the eerie sounds of loneliness.

Titus 2:11-14
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “NO” TO UNGODLINESS AND WORLDLY PASSIONS and to LIVE SELF-CONTROLLED, UPRIGHT, AND GODLY LIVES IN THIS PRESENT AGE, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”

PRAYER POINTS:

1. PRAY THAT THE LORD KEEP OUR GIRL CHILDREN FROM SHECHEMS

2. PRAY THEY MAY BE PROTECTED FROM SOUL CONSUMING LONELINESS

3. PRAY THAT THE LORD GRANT OUR CHILDREN WISDOM – TO KNOW WHOM TO ASSOCIATE WITH. –
remember, when they first arrive in these institutions all children / at least most children look normal

4. PRAY FOR THE BOY CHILD TO BE PROTECTED AND DELIVERED FORM ANGER
for it always breeds malice! In this life there will always be something to boil about, it’s an evil world – it is basically and generally out of order – it takes wisdom to know what battles to fight and which to ignore.

Ephesians 4:31
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.”